The Old Man
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Based onThe Old Man
by Thomas Perry
Developed by
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producers
Production companies
DistributorDisney-ABC Domestic Television
Original networkFX

The Old Man is an upcoming American thriller television series based on the 2017 novel of the same name by Thomas Perry. It was developed by Jonathan E. Steinberg and Robert Levine and is set to premiere on FX on June 16, 2022.[1]


Dan Chase is a former CIA operative who has been living off the grid for quite some time. When an assassin arrives and tries to take Chase out, the old operative must go on the run. While on the run, Chase rents a room from Zoe McDonald, with whom he is forced to partner up as he fights for the truth.

With Chase flushed out of hiding, the FBI's Assistant Director for Counterintelligence, Harold Harper, is called on to hunt him down because of his complicated past with the rogue fugitive. Working alongside Harper is his protégé Agent Angela Adams and Agent Raymond Waters with Julian Carson, a highly trained special ops contractor sent to pursue Chase as well.





No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
U.S. viewers
1"I"[2]Jon WattsJonathan E. Steinberg & Robert LevineJune 16, 2022 (2022-06-16)TBATBD
2"II"[2]Jon WattsJonathan E. Steinberg & Robert LevineJune 16, 2022 (2022-06-16)TBATBD
3"III"[3]Greg YaitanesJonathan E. Steinberg & Robert LevineJune 23, 2022 (2022-06-23)TBATBD


The series was announced in July 2019, with FX ordering a pilot. Jeff Bridges was cast to star.[4] In September, Jon Watts was set to direct the pilot, also serving in an executive producer role, with John Lithgow and Amy Brenneman added to the cast.[5][6] Alia Shawkat joined in October.[7] In November, Bob Iger announced that the show would air on FX on Hulu, and Austin Stowell was added to play a younger version of Bridges' character.[8][9] In February 2020, Kenneth Mitchell disclosed he had a role in the series.[10] Stowell would be recast in March 2020 with Bill Heck, and Gbenga Akinnagbe was cast in a main role. Leem Lubany and EJ Bonilla were also cast in the same month.[11] Navid Negahban and Pej Vahdat were cast in recurring roles in December 2020.[12]

The series was two-thirds of the way into shooting when production shut down in mid-March 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.[13] Production resumed in the fall with three episodes remaining to film,[13] but was soon halted when Bridges was diagnosed with lymphoma in October 2020 and left to undergo cancer treatment.[14] The show stayed in production for a short period after Bridges' diagnosis in order to shoot scenes from the remaining episodes that do not feature Bridges' character.[13] In September 2021, Bridges announced his cancer was in remission. Production ultimately resumed in February 2022.


The series is slated to premiere on June 16, 2022 on FX in the United States and Canada.[15][1] It is also scheduled to premiere on Disney+ (Star) in international markets and Star+ in Latin America in 2022.[16]


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  2. ^ a b "(#101/102) "I / II"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved May 17, 2022.
  3. ^ "(#103) "III"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved May 24, 2022.
  4. ^ White, Peter (July 25, 2019). "Jeff Bridges To Star As Retired CIA Officer In FX Drama 'The Old Man' From 'Black Sails' Co-Creators Jon Steinberg & Robert Levine". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 29, 2020.
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Petski, Denise (September 12, 2019). "'The Old Man': John Lithgow To Co-Star, 'Spider-Man's Jon Watts To Direct FX Drama Pilot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 29, 2020.
  6. ^ Petski, Denise (September 16, 2019). "'The Old Man': Amy Brenneman To Co-Star In FX Drama Pilot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 29, 2020.
  7. ^ Petski, Denise (October 21, 2019). "Alia Shawkat Joins FX Drama Pilot 'The Old Man'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 29, 2020.
  8. ^ Patten, Dominic (November 7, 2019). "Hulu To Be Official FX Streaming Home Next Year, Bob Iger Says; Cate Blanchett's 'Mrs. America' & 3 Other Series Move Online". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 29, 2020.
  9. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (November 14, 2019). "Austin Stowell Joins Jeff Bridges In FX On Hulu Series 'The Old Man'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 29, 2020.
  10. ^ Dugan, Christina (February 28, 2020). "Star Trek: Discovery's Kenneth Mitchell Reveals ALS Diagnosis: 'I Can't Hide It Anymore'". People. Retrieved May 29, 2020.
  11. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 7, 2020). "Gbenga Akinnagbe To Star In 'The Old Man'; Bill Heck Joins FX On Hulu Series In Recasting". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 29, 2020.
  12. ^ Petski, Denise (December 15, 2020). "'The Old Man': Navid Negahban, Pej Vahdat To Recur On FX On Hulu Drama Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 15, 2020.
  13. ^ a b c Andreeva, Nellie (August 13, 2021). "'The Old Man' Targets 2022 Premiere As FX On Hulu Series Starring Jeff Bridges Eyes Return To Production". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 18, 2022.
  14. ^ Del Rosario, Alexandra (October 19, 2020). "Jeff Bridges Says He's Been Diagnosed With Lymphoma, Prognosis "Good"". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 18, 2022.
  15. ^ Cordero, Rosy (February 17, 2022). "'The Old Man': Jeff Bridges Drama Back In Production & Slated For Premiere At FX". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 17, 2022.
  16. ^ "Hulu Showcases Breakthrough Advertising Solutions, New Research Insights and Original Programming Stars at Virtual Annual Newfront Presentation" (Press release). Hulu. June 22, 2020. Retrieved June 24, 2020 – via The Futon Critic.